Fastest way to obtain arrow materials and how to mine correctly?

#1ESKELET0Posted 5/13/2012 1:07:00 PM
I want to main a bow but I never have enough ammunition to satisfy.

And what to do I do to find diamonds? Just mine down until I hit bedrock?
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#2banished09Posted 5/13/2012 1:07:36 PM
either build a mob trap and get them from skeletons.. or kill skeletons manually
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#3ESKELET0(Topic Creator)Posted 5/13/2012 1:09:09 PM
banished09 posted...
either build a mob trap and get them from skeletons.. or kill skeletons manually

How does one build this "mob trap"?
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#4DahlVaughnniPosted 5/13/2012 1:09:56 PM
Killing skeletons (unless you use a spawner) is a very crappy way to get arrows. Kill chickens and zombies any chance you get for their feathers. Get 20 gravel, build a pillar, and shovel it down, build it, and shovel it, etc. Each time you have a chance to get flint.
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#5donny11bPosted 5/13/2012 1:44:23 PM
Hey man i can show you how to make a pretty sweet mob trap. I started yeterday and have like 200+ arrows because of it. My GT is D0NNY1 (the 0 in D0NNY1 is a zero.)
#6MaceonnPosted 5/13/2012 1:44:53 PM
In order to get arrows you should probably kill skeletons. The mob trap idea is that if you find a dungeon that has a mob spawner inside of it that is spawning skeletons, you can create a trap so that when the skeletons spawn they die and you can collect their stuff. It takes time and luck to find a spawner though.
To mine you should be at the level 13 or bellow (13 counting from bedrock up). Then mine in a straight line however many blocks you want, then go back to where you started and mine in another straight line but this line is 3 blocks away from the original line. It should look like this:

L SS L SS L SS L
L SS L SS L SS L
L SS L SS L SS L

L=Line S=Stone (or any other block)
This makes it so you can see both sides of the wall without having to do any extra work.
#7donny11bPosted 5/13/2012 1:47:20 PM
The spawner theory you have is very flawed my friend. Skeletons will spawn in the dark regardless of a spawner.